Church of Santo Domingo of Loja, Ecuador

Built in 1557, the Church of Santo Domingo was badly damaged in 1867, destroying its Gothic facade and leaving only its twin spires standing. The rebuilding of the church was done in the colonial style popular at the time, with the twin spires being incorporated into the design. Thanks to Moria.

Church of Santo Domingo of Loja, Ecuador

Church of Santo Domingo of Loja, Ecuador [rev]

Putna Monastery, Romania

The Putna Monastery is a Romanian Orthodox monastery. It was built and dedicated by Prince Stephen the Great. The monastery houses the tombs of Stephen and several family members. Construction began in 1466. Thanks to Anca.

The postcard is a photograph from Romanian artist Marius Vasiliu. [Here are some of his albums in Flickr]

Putna Monastery, Romania

Putna Monastery, Romania [rev]

Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia

Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan broke ground in 1801 and construction continued for ten years. It was modelled by Andrey Voronikhin after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the cathedral was closed. It opened in 1932 as the pro-Marxist Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism. In 1996 the cathedral was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. The interior features numerous sculptures and icons created by the best Russian artists of the day.

Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia

Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Loretto Chapel is a former Catholic church that is now used as a museum and wedding chapel. It is known for its unusual helix shaped spiral staircase, which according to the legend, it was built by St. Joseph himself. In 1872 it was commissioned by the Bishop of the Santa Fe Archdiocese. Here you can read about this particular story. Thanks to Rebecca.

Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico